Welcome New Members - Wellington First Assembly

Wellington First Assembly

326 W Botkin Lane, Wellington Kansas ........Family Faith Lessons - 9:30 AM........ Sunday Worship - 10:30 AM


Monday, December 15, 2014

Welcome New Members

On Sunday, I had the privilege of welcoming several people who formalized their commitment through partnering membership with our local congregation.

Their actions do not make them any more special than anyone else.  They are not joining an exclusive club.  Membership does not get you into heaven or even a better deal on anything.  It does not even make you a part of the body of Christ.

You can help, serve, give, and participate without being a member.  You can belong to this church family without being a member, and we will treat you the same way we treat everyone:  with respect, love and kindness.  You can learn about our beliefs, our ethical practices, and the “why” we do things the particular way we do it.  You can learn about our particular role in doing God’s work in this community.  You can become transformed into the likeness of Christ.

Belonging, Believing, and Becoming are even more important than Membership.

Yet membership is special too.  Membership indicates a covenant commitment to an ongoing relationship of accountability to those within our faith community.  It is in these relationships we learn how to belong, what to believe, and become continually transformed into the image of Christ.

Our new members took this pledge.

I pledge to do all I can to help keep the local church in unity for the sake of the gospel.
I pledge to be faithful to my church family, even during the difficult times.
I pledge to treat members, leaders, and others at the church with ethical kindness and respect.
I pledge to serve the needs of the church and not my own preferences.
I pledge to pray for strength and wisdom for my pastor, who can not do all things alone.
I pledge to be faithful in my contributions, my worship, and my service to the church.

As new members begin to discover their gifts within our congregation, we know that God will use them and us together to reach out to others in our community.